Pankaj Tripathi Reveals He Can Nap In Middle Of Shot, Eats Only ‘Khichdi’ During Shoot

Pankaj Tripathi, born on September 28, 1976, is a notable Indian actor who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. His remarkable talent has earned him multiple prestigious awards, including two National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award. Tripathi’s journey in the acting world commenced with his formal training at the National School of Drama. He made his initial foray into the film industry with minor roles in movies such as ‘Omkara’ (2006), ‘Raavan’ (2010), and ‘Agneepath’ (2012). Additionally, he played a supporting role in the television series ‘Powder’ (2010).

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Pankaj Tripathi, a highly acclaimed actor in the industry, recently shared some unique insights into his approach to delivering authentic performances on set. He revealed that he has a method for making it seem as though he is deeply engrossed in a director’s instructions, even when he might actually be taking a brief nap during a shot. Pankaj Tripathi, renowned for his exceptional acting skills, also opened up about his dietary preferences while filming, which primarily revolve around khichdi.

During an interview with Film Companion, he discussed his ability to seamlessly incorporate a nap into a scene without it being noticeable. He explained, ‘I can easily doze off in the middle of a shot while another actor is delivering their lines. I integrate it into my acting so that it appears as if the character is listening intently with their eyes closed. This way, both the director and the audience believe I am fully engaged when I say, “Yes, yes…” (indicating that I’m about to sleep). I’ve even trained my neck muscles not to nod downward as I drift off.’

In terms of the relationship between food and acting, Pankaj emphasized, ‘As an actor, if your stomach isn’t in good shape, you’ll face difficulties concealing any issues when needed. That’s why I stick to a khichdi diet during shoots.’ He further elaborated that he personally prepares his khichdi while shooting for his upcoming film, Atal, as he prefers to be in control of how it’s cooked. His homemade khichdi includes ghee, turmeric, and locally sourced vegetables, which he believes are crucial for maintaining a harmonious connection between the mind and body during shoots, emphasizing the importance of consuming light and easily digestible food. Pankaj Tripathi’s upcoming projects include a role in the biopic of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, titled ‘Main Atal Hoon.’ Additionally, he is set to appear in Anurag Basu’s ‘Metro In Dino’ and the sequel ‘Stree 2.’ Pankaj Tripathi’s remarkable performance in the film ‘Mimi’ earned him the National Film Award.